Baleària participates for the first time in its history in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as Conferences of the Parties or COP26, which takes place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12. Javier Cervera, Baleària’s Head of Energy Transition, will attend the negotiation plenaries of this 26th edition as an Observer Member of the United Nations thanks to the fact that the shipping company has been a Gold member of the Fundación Empresa y Clima (FEC) since last year .
The shipping company will be part of the team of representatives of the foundation in the events parallel to the convention, in what is known as blue zone, a physical space for members of national delegations, United Nations workers, the media and observer organizations. In these forums, country delegates meet for formal negotiations and informal consultations. In the same way, they can also participate in meetings with other delegations to clarify their position and interests when the objective is to reach an agreement or overcome a deadlock in the negotiations.
“Being present for the first time at such a decisive summit for the future of our society is a transcendental opportunity to project and promote our commitment to the defense of the planet and the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. Baleària’s firm commitment to sustainability is one of the hallmarks of our business model, and it is a decision that responds to criteria of social responsibility and economic profitability ”, explained Cervera.
It should be remembered that Baleària’s environmental commitment has made it bet on the use of natural gas, in which it has invested 380 million euros to have a fleet of up to 9 new generation ships, between new constructions and remotorisations, which unite its two main strategic axes: energy efficiency and decarbonisation (thanks to the use of more eco-efficient fuels) and digitization (smart ships). On the other hand, it has also immersed itself in transversal projects such as the Green and Connected Ports of the European Union, through which it has installed sensors and measurement systems in some of the ships to monitor and manage fuel use and emissions in time. real.
Under the slogan “Uniting the world to tackle climate change”, the conference brings together representatives of 200 governments with the aim of addressing the urgency and opportunities to move towards a carbon neutral economy, as well as the power of international cooperation to face the most complex challenges. The current edition of this meeting promoted by the UN has the technical organization of the United Kingdom and Italy, and is held after the postponement of the meeting scheduled for November 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic with the maxim of defining the concrete actions by the countries to achieve zero emissions by 2050, as well as marking the lines of work to jointly reduce global warming to below 2 ° C and continuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 ° C, as established in the Paris Agreement.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.